thrifted: the skirts edition

Village Discount Outlet on Milwaukee proved itself worthy this past weekend for a spring-is-on-the-way pick-me-up: skirts. Just what I needed as I’m headed to Costa Rica for some much needed R & R this Saturday. I plan to wear skirts, dresses and bathing suits. Maybe one pair of shorts.

(See that cowlick on the back of my head in the photo above? I can’t get rid of it. Suggestions other than wetting my hand and pressing the hair down are welcome in the comments.)

I edited the mess out of the photo above and it still looks wonky; blame it on the weird facial expression. Auto-photography is totally not my strong suit. But, the reason for posting it: can you make out the little pink price tag sitting below my right (your left) hip? Yeah. That baby reads $3.80.

The necklace was a gift from my wonderful mother-in-law’s friend from Brazil. It makes a fantastically loud sound when I walk and as I was snapping photos with my Nikon perched on its expensive tripod, I worried the neighbors might hear me flitting around.

Here’s the thing about thrifting. I tend towards the same five colors most times I shop: black, brown, gray, navy and white. Sometimes I toss a bit of red in, but it has to be a muted tone of the shade. When I thrift, I tend to step out of my comfort zone once I see the price. For instance, I would never wear stripes, even in my colors of choice, right? But– striped skirt for $2.80, well of course I’ll take a look. Who wouldn’t?

So, I step in front of the communal dressing mirror (no rooms at this thrift shop), gingerly take off one boot to get one leg into the skirt, place that foot back into the boot and repeat the same motion with the other leg until it’s over my jeans and fits like a glove. Striped skirt I would never wear goes into the cart.

Then I sit myself at the altar of my front room and offer you a thrifted teak bowl of nothing because I am tired of trying to pose all cute and whatnot and I end up getting silly.

Silly or not, stripes or not, I got three skirts and two plain tank tops for around $13 this weekend. I’m looking forward to posting pics of these skirts on a beach in Costa Rica next week.

[As I said the last time we traveled: My best friend will be at our house. She is mean. And my dog bites. Hard. Don’t test.]


9 responses to “thrifted: the skirts edition

  1. Good scores. I picked up some fabulous sweaters this past week that will help get me through my winter doldrums of not wanting to pull out winter clothes any more. I am so jealous of you going to Costa Rica. Lucky girl. Have fun for me.

  2. kiehls and aveda both have a slick pommade specifically for short hair. i prefer aveda’s (cheaper) and it lasts forever. it’s called brilliant.

    • I use the Aveda one! In the blue jar, right? It works on the top part but this back cowlick is nothing to play with. Nothing can keep it down. Maybe I’ll try Gorilla Glue.

  3. All cute skirts- perfect for a casual trip with lots of walking. Take plenty of pictures for us!

    I always feel awkward posing for pictures, too. There’s a reason why very few self-portraits appear of my websites. (You look cute in yours, though.)

    Wish I had real hair tips for you, but I can barely control my own unruly curly locks.

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